Launched! - Blanca 29sep2010

Ballena Blanca launched today!  all wetall wet



We did decided on a red stripe for the boot-top... here she is a with a little bling last month:red stripered stripe

As of last week, I've finished painting the topsides, including the transom.  Last weekend, I scrubbed and painted the bottom.  Doesn't she look imposing with her forbidding black keel? black bottomblack bottom


But the big event was today.  Launch day!  Here's Rick approaching the target with the travel-lift:approachapproach

She'd been sitting there so long, tree-roots had grown under her keel.  The guys had to chop and dig out a space for the lift straps to pass under:spike digsspike digs

rick chopsrick chops


Captain supervised-- check the tires as she lifts off the ground.captaincaptain

tire pressuretire pressure

 not quite flatnot quite flat


Underway!underwayunderway  For the first time in around 20 years.


ready to dipready to dipShe's perfectly aligned.  I think Rick's done this before.  A coupl'a' times.


And she's floating in the straps! afloatafloat


There's a storm predicted for tomorrow, so Rick's going to leave her in the lift-slip until it passes.  Then it'll be off to see if she'll fit in the slip we've picked out.

 The stuffing-boxes (all new packing from last fall) dribbled quite a bit-- I tightened them up good and now they don't leak.  There aren't any leaks I can find (it was raining so much today the pumps were running from rain-water leaking through the windows!).

Now it's on to rebuilding the cabin!


David Howe's picture

Blanca flota!

Kirk and Isabel, you have done a stupendous job in bringing her back to water and life.  Bravo Zulu!!  To the Bahamas next year?